Kiwa Road Camping Area Closure

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Kaikōura District Council has closed the area of road reserve and beach along Kiwa Road shown on the map below. The closure was put in place after advice from our Environmental Health Officer that the area poses a potential health risk to users.

The area will remain closed until other solutions for managing the health risk can be found. The affected area is shown as the red hashed area on the map.  Areas outside the closure are not deemed to pose a health risk.  

The closure is to make sure all beach users, not just campers, are aware of the risk and are encouraged not to use the area. The closure is not a camping ban.

A temporary fence/barrier of waratahs and tape has been put up around the 12 access points between the road reserve and the beach in the affected area. Signs are also in place.

 Residents and visitors are asked to support our efforts to temporarily close the area by not moving or damaging the fence or signs and by reporting anyone who does through our complaints form.   

Concerns about continued use of the area should be dealt with in the following ways:

- To raise concerns about personal or public safety, drug or alcohol abuse, inappropriate behaviour, public nudity/indecency including toileting please contact the local police 03 319 5038

- Questions or complaints about NCTIR works in the area should go to info@nctir.com or leave a voice message via freephone: 0800 NCTIR EQ (0800 628 4737

- To make a specific complaint about something that is Councils responsibility (for example requests for clean ups, public health issues) please use the online form here https://www.kaikoura.govt.nz/contact-us/  or call Council at 03 319 5026.

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Background

On Thursday 24th May Kaikōura District Council’s Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Ian Shaw, and Building and Regulatory Manager Mark Mitchell inspected the area of Kiwa Road currently being heavily used by freedom campers.

Following the visit, the EHO advised Council that the extent and ongoing nature of the littering and unhygienic human toileting practices on the site mean that the area could pose a potential health risk to users and should be closed.

As a result, Council temporarily closed the site. The closure began as soon as possible and involves a temporary fence/barrier around the area and temporary signs carrying health risk warnings. It has also been communicated across Councils Facebook, Website and newsletters as well as directly to affected residents and community groups where possible.

Mayor Winston Gray said, "We believe that if the site remains open it will continue to be abused and to present a health risk to residents and beach users. We have no choice but to close the area and keep it closed until other solutions for managing the health risk can be found."

Council recognises that issues like these are often caused by a few badly behaved visitors. Many of our visitors, including freedom campers, visit our District to enjoy our beautiful and pristine environment and camp responsibly.

"We’re disappointed that a small number of badly behaved individuals have continued to damage and degrade the site and that their behaviour has forced us to close an area that many people enjoy and use regularly.   

Visitors, including freedom campers are an important part of our local economy and Council is committed to developing a responsible approach to managing camping in our district that continues to encourage visitors whilst managing their impacts more effectively," says Gray.


05 September 2018